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Trinity News : April 2008
20 TRINITY NEWS Friday March 14 saw the revival of the Of?cer Commanding’s Parade, a ceremony that has been in abeyance these several years. Its purpose is to lift the overall standard of drill as well as dress and bearing, and two trophies are awarded to help achieve this end. The trophies are the Inter-Platoon Drill Cup (2nd year Cadet Platoons), donated by 5 Platoon 1965 and last awarded in 1994, and the Inter-Platoon Junior Drill Shield (Recruit Cadet Platoons) donated by 2 Platoon 1966, and also last awarded in 1994. Both trophies have been restored, the cost being met by the Ash?eld RSL, and additional plaques were placed on the trophies to re?ect this support, and the Unit is most appreciative of the RSL’s commitment. The recent decision to hold Friday Parades around the Quadrangle is already having a positive effect, and the turnout and drill of the various platoons shows a marked improvement, which the competition for the trophies will further inspire. (To moderate these comments, a careful observance of some photos shows that there is still a need for every Cadet to concentrate on the job!). There will be three OC’s Parades during the year: the Platoons winning the competition being awarded their Trophy at the Annual Ceremonial Parade. The results of the ?rst Parade are as follows: The Cup (From 1st to 6th) A1, B2, A2, A3, B1, B3 The Shield: (From 1st to 6th) C2, D2, C3, D3, D1, C1. MAJ (AAC) Timothy Barden | CAPT (AAC) (Ret) Ron Ogier IN STEP WITH THE PAST! Time warp? Déjà vu? Reminiscences? Flashback? Voice from the past?… I wonder which of these may have been in the minds of the 160 or so parents who came to School on Swap Days the 25 and 28 of February last. After having been greeted with beguiling, welcoming smiles from Mr Brad Barr and Ms Sarah Rosen, perhaps reality started to dawn as their sons deposited, often with barely concealed glee, a heavy bag of books into their parents’ arms or else initiated them into the intricacies of combination padlocks at their lockers!! Then off to Quad Assembly…all those notices and directions to remember!! Where to now? Directions often had to be requested until ?nally in the unfamiliar maze of the Trinity campus the right classroom was reached! Perhaps we shall draw a veil over the classroom activities just in case early memories had de?nitely faded! Morning tea at Delmar with the Head Master and later lunch provided the “swappers” with a brief respite before afternoon school had to be gone through, though with much more con?dence than was the case in the morning! The input from the parents was uniformly positive, and many commented on how the experience, though perhaps of necessity a little ersatz, gave them a greater insight into their sons’ daily school experience. One wonders if the lads would gain similar empathy with their parents’ lives if they were able to exchange places with mum and dad sometime to see the other side of the coin! Ron Ogier SCHOOLDAYS REVISITED! There is no doubt, of course, that a Carol and Lesson reading service must needs be an aural rather than a visual thing, but the setting of the Chapel added enormously to the ambience of the service. As the Trinity Grammar School Choir processed down the aisle, led by the two candle bearers, the service began with a quintet of choristers in the sanctuary singing the opening verses of Once in Royal David’s City. As the carol progressed, the rest of the Choir, processing down the aisle, joined in and in the last three verses the congregation too, was drawn into this lovely carol which carries us through the story of the Incarnation to the ultimate glory of our seeing Jesus “not in that poor lowly stable …but in heaven, set at God’s right hand on high’… The singing of the various carols was superbly done: joyfully and prayerfully and meditatively, as were the various readings telling the story of the coming of Christ to earth to share our humanity. Surely the sentiments voiced so beautifully soared up to the arching beams of the Chapel, where I like to think that the prayers they contained continued upward to the courts of heaven, while at the same time being re?ected back in blessing upon the congregation to the bene?t of those who had the ears to hear. In his homily, too, the Chaplain helped us realise that the reality of the birth of Jesus was such as is not usually portrayed in the sentimentality of Christmas cards or even, for that matter, of carols. His coming was grittily, even harshly, human, and was truly the entering of the divine into a broken world. The Carol Service, indeed any Carol Service, may be looked on as mere entertainment, but by the same token, the words that are sung, even endlessly in shopping malls, still portray the essential and vital truth to us, that God, for what ever his reason, loves us so much that he sent his Son to live among us, and, in due course, to die in our place, that we may, through God’s good grace, accept his love, and come to him. This is the message of Christmas. The Choir, the musicians, the readers and those giving the addresses, truly presented it to us afresh this Christmas time. | Ron Ogier CAROL SERVICE FRIDAY NOVEMBER 30TH 2007 images from left: 1 Alpha Company 2 Charlie Company 3 Bravo Company images from left: 1 The Choir Sings the recessional Hymn 2 A Quintet of Trebles begins the Service by singing Once in Royal David’s City 3 Martin Floro (3Sc) and Zac Saboune (3Du) were the Candle Bearers at the Friday evening Service images from left: 1 Was it the call of busi- ness, or were they calling for help? Messrs George Gabriel (Mark 7Ar), John Gouganovski (Timothy 7We), and Emmanuel Diamantis (Michael 7Sc) nonetheless soon had to turn off their mobile phones! 2 A refresher course in English Grammar for these mums and dads in Mr Lachlan Stockbridge’s English class. 3 These lads helped their parents ?nd their nametags at the reception table on Swap Day 4 Mrs Judy Martin (Josh), Mrs Alison Skelly (Mat- thew) and Mr Roger Thompson (Christopher) all Year 7 Stephenson dealing with the intrica- cies of combination locks in the locker room! 5 Joshua Gallagher (L) (7WH) and Nicholas Mc- Manus (7Fo) cheerfully surrendered their day’s burden to their dads Tony McManus and Tony Gallagher. 1 1